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butterflies are a good sign your garden's supporting wildlife

A wildlife-friendly garden doesn't have to be wildly overgrown. Wildlife can live happily in well-tended gardens - as long as we make a few provisions for our dear little bird, bee and insect friends. And red squirrels. But not foxes.. because they're just too annoying..

Havwoods

Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

A tidy room really does aid sleep

Loads of us are under slept and as you'll know, being tired day in day out is NOT GOOD. But don't reach for the sleeping pills, just listen to the sleep experts. A tidy room helps and no phone by the bed yeh!

Silk Calla lillies form Bloom

If your home is looking rather lacklustre, and you don't have the budget for a major revamp, take heart. Interior designers have tips that are easy to follow, don't cost much and which definitely do make a difference, whether you live in a bedsit or a large house.

You'll find myriad designs on bamboo cups

With Environment Secretary Michael Gove saying the Government is considering seriously imposing a 25 pence 'latte levy' on disposable paper drinks cups, it's time to get used to carrying your own cup with you if you're a regular patron of the nation's take-away coffee shops. So if you've not yet invested a few quid on a biodegradable cup to carry around with you, well, what are you waiting for?

Charlie Luxton

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton is a zealot for low energy housing. He wants us to ditch the draughts and turn down the thermostat so we live in comfort, save money and save the planet

Duette honeycomb blinds can save you up to 25 per cent on your energy bills

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

Energy efficient appliances can help cut household bills

Are you doing due diligence and choosing the most energy-efficient household products when you need to replace them (having recycled the old of course...)?

Gardens of Villa Della Pergola at Alassio

Should you be visiting the Genoa region in the coming months and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, now restored to glory

The new Gtech is an excellent machine

The Gtech has undergone a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say brilliant AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse. We vote it our 2017 Product of the Year

Siemens i-Dos IQ700 WM14Y890GB.

Our choice of washing machine can make a big difference to our carbon footprint. Deco’s Kay Hill guides us through the features we should be looking for

Cotton Grass and Dogs Mercury paint from Nature Paint

Most commercial paints are now very low in VOCs and are water-based. But does that make them eco-friendly? Kay Hill puts a toe into a hot debate....

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